After a failed attempt to make a trade with the St. Louis Rams in order to select Robert Griffin III in next month’s NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns are prepared to move forward with Colt McCoy as the starting quarterback.
This is according to head coach Pat Shurmur, who on Tuesday made it clear that McCoy is the starter heading into this season.
“At this point, he’s our quarterback,” said Shurmur. ”We’re looking forward to him being our guy and I’m looking forward to seeing him improve. We believe he has a chance to be a fine player in this league.”
Shurmur and the Browns are excited to see how McCoy and the rest of the offense can progress with an actual offseason to work with. There’s no doubt that the lockout played a factor in the development of McCoy and his teammates and a full offseason of workouts with the coaching staff certainly can’t hurt.
This will give McCoy a truly fair shot to prove that he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL. While the Browns may select a quarterback at some point in the draft, it’s clear that this is now McCoy’s job to lose and with this vote of confidence from Shurmur (and previous ones by Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert) no one can say that McCoy wasn’t given a fair shake.